Big 12 baseball notebook: Three Sooners on All-Big 12 first team

By Ryan Aber and Jake Trotter, Staff Writers Published: May 24, 2011
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Three Oklahoma players — infielder Garrett Buechele, catcher Tyler Ogle and starting pitcher Michael Rocha — were named to the All-Big 12 first team Tuesday.

Oklahoma State had one, designated hitter Dane Phillips, and Zach Johnson was named the conference's newcomer of the year.

Texas A&M's Tyler Naquin was named the league's player of the year, while Texas' Taylor Jungmann is the pitcher of the year.

Longhorns third baseman Erich Weiss is the freshman of the year and Texas coach Augie Garrido and Texas A&M coach Rob Childress are co-coaches of the year.

The Cowboys had three players on the second team — Johnson, catcher Jared Womack and utility player Gabe Weidenaar.

Sooners Cameron Seitzer (infielder) and Casey Johnson (outfielder) are on the second team.

Texas Tech's Kelby Tomlinson, of Elgin, also made the second team.

OU pitchers Dillon Overton and Jordan John were name to the all-freshman team.

FUTURE FORMAT UP IN THE AIR

With one less team in the league for baseball next year, the format for the Big 12 Baseball Tournament could be further tweaked in the offseason.

“We'll take a look at things and see if there's a bracket that would allow us to have all nine teams to play in the tournament,” Big 12 Associate Commissioner Bob Burda said Tuesday.

Nebraska is leaving for the Big Ten Conference following this season. In the current eight-team format, just one team would stay home.

The Cornhuskers and Kansas are not in this year's tournament. Iowa State and Colorado do not play baseball.

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